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Sharp Digital ViewCam VL-DD10 — photo/video/TV in one

Sharp announced the release (on the Japanese market) of Digital ViewCam VL-DD10 camera. It´s interesting, as it combines three devices: a digital camera, videocamera, portable TV (requires an optional TV-tuner).

VL-DD10 consists of 4 components — 10 optical zoom videocamera with a mic, digital still camera with 4.2-megapixel CCD, TV-tuner and a main base with a 3-inch LCD display. All interfaces are situated on different components — i.LINK port on the videocamera, USB (1.1) and SD Memory Card or MultiMediaCard slot — on the digital camera.

VL-DD10 main specifications. Video:

  • Format: DV
  • Media: Mini DV (60 min SP and 90 min LP with 60 min cassette)
  • 60-min cassette rewind time with wall outlet: 180 sec
  • Sensor: CCD 1/4-inch, 680000 elements (340000 effective video pixels)
  • Lens: 10 optical, F:1.8 aperture, focal length — 3.15-31.5 mm (40-400 mm in 35mm equivalent) zoom time — 2-10 sec.
  • Energy consumption: 4.2W. Battery operation time — see below
  • Speaker output power: 300 mW
  • Size: 141x84x63 mm
  • Weight: 505 g withour battery, 605 g with VR-BLN8 battery

Digital camera specifications:

  • Format: JPEG (DCF), DPOF and Exif 2.2 compliant
  • Media: SD Memory Card, MultiMedia Card
  • Sensor: CCD 1/1.8-inch or 14.1 mm with 4.2 megapixels (4 million effective)
  • Lens: 3 optical, F:2.8 aperture, 7.6-22.8 mm focal length (36-108 mm in 35mm equivalent). Minimal focus — 0.7 m in normal mode, 0.1-0.7 macro and 0.3-0.7 telephoto mode.
  • Digital zoom: 3
  • LCD screen: 3-inch, 123000 pixels
  • Sensitivity: auto, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400
  • Resolution: 2448x1632, 1824x1216, 1200x800, 720x480
  • White balance: auto, outdoor, fluorescent, incandescent
  • Shoot modes: full auto, programmed AE, shutter priority, iris priority, manual, scene adjustment (portrait, souvenir photo, landscape, night view, monochrome, illumination)
  • Timer: yes
  • Continuous shoot: 1.5 frames per sec, up to 3-shot series.
  • Photo effects: sepia, cross, soft spot
  • Size: 152x89x63 mm.
  • Weight: without battery — 560 g, with VR-BLN8 — 630 g.

VL-DD10 is expected for sale from August, 8; the price is TBA. But the price of accessories is already known. So, VR-KTD10 basic kit, including VR-BLN8 battery, charger, videocamera mic, 16MB SD card, video/audio/S-video cable, remote control, cases for main and camera components, inexpensive software on a CD and a USB cable will cost 25000 yen or $200. TV-tuner and its accessories will cost 12000 yen ($100), and VR-BLN8 additional 740 mAh battery — 8000 yen ($67).

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